Program on "Blockades and Resistance: Aboriginal History/Politics Colloquium",
Trent University, to be held on Thursday-Sunday, August 26-29, 1999
at Wanapitei Chateau, Lake Temagami
The Wanapitei Colloquium commemorates the tenth anniversary of the
Temagami Blockades and Resistance of 1988-1989. The sessions will
highlight the significance of Aboriginal resistance movements in general
and specifically of the Temagami area. Papers will be presented from
both historical and contemporary perspectives. There will be a trip to
the Aboriginal site of the 1989 Blockade.
I. Thursday Evening, August 26th-8:00-10:00 p.m.
Session: Remembering the Temagami Blockades
Welcome and Introduction by Bruce Hodgins.
Chair: John S. Milloy
1. Gary Potts, "Indigenous Actions to Regain and Retain their Place (The
Purpose of Blockades and Resistance)
2. Bruce Hodgins, "Make way in the Name of the Queen: Personal
3. David T. McNab, "Remembering an Intellectual Wilderness: A Captivity
Narrative at Queen's Park, 1989".
II. Friday, August 27th, Field Trip to Bear Island
Day Trip, Ferguson Bay, Ko Ko Ko & Hub and Bear Island-Lunch and Tour of
Bear Island-return to Wanapitei: Note: Two Groups divided for this Day
Dinner at Wanapitei.
III. Session: Resistance, Blockades and Aboriginal Cinema
Chair: Ute Lischke-McNab
List of Possible Films
1. Jamie Cullingham, "Frozen Caution".
2. Temagami Last Stand
3. Sherman Alexie: "Smoke Signals"
4. Alanis Obomsawin: "Kahnesatake 270 Years"
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH
IV. Historical Perspectives on Resistance and Blockades
SESSION: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Chair: Molly Blyth
1. Dale Standen, "The French-Amerindian Conflict of 1747: Resistance or
2. Rhonda Telford, "Aboriginal Resistance in the Mid-Nineteenth Century:
The Anishnabe, their allies and the closing of the Mining Operations at
Mica Bay and Michipicoton Island".
3. Michael Ripmeester, "Intentional Resistance or Just 'Bad Behaviour':
Reading for Everyday Resistance at the Alderville First Nation,
Coffee Break at 10:15 a.m.
SESSION: 10:15 a.m.- 12:30 pm.
Chair: David T. McNab
1. Brian Osborne, "Barter, Bible or Bush: Strategies of Survival and
Resistance among the Mississaugas of the Kingston area in the
2. Jason R. Miller, "The Tsilhqot'in, the War of 1864 and relations of
Colonialism and Resistance in the Formation of British Columbia".
3. Scott Trevithick, "Conflicting Outlooks: The Background to the 1924
Deposing of the Six Nations Hereditary Council"
4. Susan Campbell, "The Unfinished Story of a Land Rights Case:
Ginoogaming First Nation (Long Lac, Ontario) confronts consequences of
the 1937-39 Diversion of the Kenogami River"
Lunch: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
V. Contemporary Perspectives of Resistance: I
1:30-3:00 P.M. SESSION
Chair: John S. Milloy
1. Sylvia Van Kirk, "E. Pauline Johnson: Writing as Resistance".
2. Ellesa Clay High, "You can't chop Peace down: Planting the White Pine
Tree at West Virginia University" with Photograpic Slides by Anna M.
Schein, University Librarian, West Virginia University.
3. Krystyna Sieciechowicz, "Everyday Resistance and Official History:
The Experiences of the Chippewa of Sarnia First Nation"
3:15-5:30 p.m. SESSION
VI. Contemporary Perspective of Resistance: II
Chair: Bruce Hodgins
1. Kent McNeil, "Aboriginal Title on the Ground: Establishing and
Protecting Present Occupation"
2. Jamie Lawson, "Roads, Blockades and Settlements: Temagami and
3. Liz Guerrier, "The Discourse on Self-Government".
4. Peggy Shaughnessy, "The Echoes of Resistance: Co-ercion and
Injustice within a Canadian Prison".
VII. Session: Hike to Aboriginal Blockade Site of 1989
Slides and Pictures of the Temagami Blockades of 1988-1989
VIII. Session: Sunday Morning, August 29th
Chair: Bruce Hodgins
1. Brief Wrap-up
2. Brief Planning for Wanapitei Colloquium V
Possible Theme: Aboriginal Cinema and Literature
NOTE: Dream Canoe Trip to Maple Mountain, north of Lake Temagami
In conjunction with the Colloquium, Camp Wanapitei is planning a 5-6 day
field trip-a canoe trip from Sunday, September 29th to September 2-3rd to
Maple Mountain, the sacred place of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, to see
pictographs, Maple Mountain, the sacred site of Shishkong and the
Three Sisters in the Obabika Lake Forest area on the way back.
The cost for this trip is very reasonable, at just over $300 in
Canadian funds per person, with discounts if you have your own
tent and canoe, especially if you pay in U.S. funds. For information
contact Camp Wanapitei at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or myself at
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